Concepts of Space in Greek Thought by Keimpe Algra PDF

By Keimpe Algra

ISBN-10: 9004101721

ISBN-13: 9789004101722

Ideas of area in Greek notion reviews historical Greek theories of actual house and position, specifically these of the classical and Hellenistic interval. those theories are defined basically with regards to the final philosophical or methodological framework during which they took form. specified cognizance is paid to the character and standing of the assets. introductory chapters care for the interrelations among a number of ideas of house and with Greek spatial terminology (including case reviews of the Eleatics, Democritus and Epicurus). the rest chapters include precise stories at the theories of house of Plato, Aristotle, the early Peripatetics and the Stoics.
The ebook is principally worthy for historians of historical physics, yet can also be of curiosity to scholars of Aristotelian dialectic, historic metaphysics, doxography, and medieval and early sleek physics.

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11, this concept of topos is described as a concept of place of the (b) kind). Initial translations or descriptions are applied more or less automatically because the historian thinks he already knows what the concept at stake amounts to. We are now in a position to lay down the methodological principle that, as long as we choose an initial translation for reasons of prima facie family resemblance between the ancient concept and any modern counterpart, and as long as we keep 2 9 Cf. S. Lauffer, 'Die Sklaverei in der griechisch-romischen Welt', Rapporls of the 11th Intl.

Thus an answer is provided to the first question raised in the introduction of this chapter, viz. in which way philosophers who defended different concepts of space were still talking about the same thing. We are now in a position to answer the second question posed in the introduction, viz. how, accordingly, the historian should use his descriptive labels. That the answer to the first question does not ipso facto answer the second can be easily shown. For even if the radical version of meaning relativism-with its concomitant fundamental problem of translation-be rejected, we are still confronted with a practical problem of translation.

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